Analysis July 2023: Artificial intelligence in music education

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Since the start of 2023, artificial intelligence has been generating headlines in all sorts of fields. How could it affect the future of music education?

Amid the seemingly unstoppable progress of artificial intelligence (AI), media reports swerve between warning of the risks that advanced AI could pose for society and highlighting the benefits that AI is bringing to areas as diverse as scientific research, healthcare, farming and disaster management. In music education, the pandemic spurred the development of digital tools to facilitate learning and help practice, and researchers are now building AI-powered apps that use audio and motion analysis to give string students feedback on posture, timbre, intonation, rhythm and bowing technique. Such systems will be able to identify whether a student is having issues with timing, pitch or bow stroke accuracy, and can recommend specific exercises to help, or point students to videos of experts demonstrating how to solve a particular issue..

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